Benefits of JA Alumni Society Membership include:
- An exclusive JA® Alumni Welcome Package that highlights the past, present and future of JA®
- A chance to share your JA® story and discuss why "JA® Matters"
- A quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date on what is happening with JA® now
- Access to the JA® Alumni LinkedIn Page
- An opportunity to connect with JA® in your community
- And many more!
Did Junior Achievement® make a difference in your life? Is there a story you want to share about how a JA® mentor helped positively influence your life or career? Do you want to re-connect with JA® and others who had "the JA® experience?"
JA® Alumni are a select group of leaders who have experienced Junior Achievement® programs as a student. You may have run your own student business as a member of the JA Company Program®,experienced what it was like to make financial decisions in a student-managed city as part of JA Finance Park®, or learned about money, careers or running a business in any one of JA®'s other K-12 programs.
Regardless of which JA® program you participated in, we invite you to join the JA USA® Alumni Society, that brings together JA® Alumni from all over the country, by registering here. It is free to join! Our goal is to re-engage with you and share periodic updates about what JA® is doing now.
featured JA Alumna
Immediate Past Chair, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington Board of Directors & Senior Vice President and Regional Executive, Public Sector Banking, Bank of America
It all started with trouble lights. That is, a plunger, flood light, wooden dial, and electric cord that plugged into a car lighter. If you got a flat tire on the side of the highway at night and needed a light, it could save the day.
For a short time in the 1970s, as a high school student here in the District, Patty Brooks-Nobles worked for a company that produced and sold these lights. Despite her current role at Bank of America, for this company, she served as Vice President of Human Resources.
Her company's name was the Junior Achievers, and they were led by a volunteer role model from American Security Bank who taught them how to run a company for a full school year through the JA Company Program®.
"It was one of the most significant experiences of my professional life, and I learned so much," said Brooks-Nobles.
At the end of the school year, the volunteer took the group of high schoolers for lunch to talk about the experience and reflect on some of the things they had learned about business. They ate in a dining room on the 11th floor of a building just around the corner from the White House. From this 11th floor window, you could see the Department of Treasury, the White House lawn, the Washington Monument, and some of the other buildings that make this city one of the most beautiful and powerful cities in the world. Patty was hooked.
What is significant about this story is that company-- American Security Bank-- that sponsored the JA Company Program® was an early predecessor to Bank of America, where Patty has worked since 1984. Today, Patty notes that she's had a few lunch meetings in that 11th floor dining room where she sat more than 3 decades ago with her Junior Achievement company colleagues.
"Junior Achievement isn't just about business. For me, it was a window to the future. And for 53,000 of our region's young people every year, it is the tools... it is the skills... it is the knowledge to inspire them to navigate their path to their own American Dream. For me, that American Dream started in Riggs Park here in the District and led me back to the Bank of America building around the corner from the White House," Brooks-Nobles said.